Conestoga news

March 11, 2004 1:54 PM

National Wood Council to Meet at Conestoga College

With its highly regarded programs in wood products manufacturing and its internationally respected Woodworking Centre of Ontario, Conestoga College is recognized across Canada as a prime source of top-quality production and management skills education in the wood products sector.

On March 18-19, delegates from across Canada will be in Kitchener for the annual conference of the Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC). The WMC is a source of discussion and direction on matters of importance to the wood products processing industry in the areas of legislation, regulations, education and human resources practices.

The conference begins on the evening of Thursday, March 18 at Kitchener's Holiday Inn, following a day-long meeting of the WMC's board of directors. The Thursday evening program features conference-opening activities, a reception, a dinner and a keynote address by Leonard Lee, founder of the successful and well known Lee Valley Tools.

The entire Friday program is at Conestoga's Doon campus, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The opening address will be from WMC president Richard Lipman.

Among the variety of workshop/seminar topics during the day will be educational needs of and directions for the wood products sector, building industry-education-government partnerships, improving awareness and acceptance of apprenticeships and skilled trades careers, entrepreneurial and small business opportunities in the sector, and career development strategies in wood products processing.

At the day's conclusion, delegates will have the opportunity to tour the Woodworking Centre of Ontario.

CONTACT:Richard Lipman, 613-567-5511,, or Mike McClements, 519-748-5220, ext. 3251,